With the current price of $55.7, the stock of Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) concluded the trading session seeing its price drop by -0.01 points or at a loss of -0.02% compared to its previous day’s closing price of $55.71. About 2.168 million shares of the stock changed hands on the day. The trading volume of BIG’s shares during the past session compares with the stock’s average daily trading volume of 1.936 million shares. On the other hand, a float of 38.37 million shares and a weekly performance of 13.4% make the stock worth to keep an eye on. Analysts are in agreement on an annual target price of $46.5 for BIG’s share which suggests that the stock, price of which is currently buoying between $54 and $57.24, is prone to a loss of -16.52%.

The latest data released on July 31, 2020 shows that the short float in the Big Lots, Inc.’s stock is trending downward as short interest in BIG shares turned down leaving more number of shares available to public for trading. Number of shares shorted in the BIG is currently comprised of 20.61% of the float. Over the past two weeks, stock’s short interests weakened as number of shorted shares increased to shares from the previous figure of shares. Stock’s average intraday volume is now standing at shares which indicate that the days to cover the shorts are nearly.

After concluding the day’s trading, price of Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) is up $6.58 over the week and it is $15.94 above 20-day average price. The highest price touched by the stock on the day was lower than 52-week high price of $57.24 that was attained on 08/27/20.

The stock has traded as low as $10.13 in past 52-week, and its current price is 450.12% above from that 52-week low price mark recorded on 03/16/20, which is an indicator that could increase the investors’ motivation level in taking advantage of price surge the stock has currently been going through. Stock currently has its beta at 2.56. A beta value of more than 1 represents higher volatility of a stock than that of the market and for the reason investors closely watch the behavior of such stock.

Current indicators are pointing at 75.96 as 14-days RSI of Big Lots, Inc. This means that the BIG is currently in an oversold territory and its share’s price movement is likely to be shaky for a while. Similarly, the stochastic oscillator is indicating a momentum of 95.35%, implying stock’s share price is buoying in an oversold state.

Technical chart is showing 1st resistance point of $57.29 for the BIG’s share while placing it at a 2nd resistance point of $58.89 to be settled at. But if the stock takes a plunge lower than the 1st support price of $54.05 then its market would become weakened. And that would likely sliding the stock price down to 2nd support price level of $52.41.

MACD oscillator is showing a reading of 3.33 for the stock which means that it is currently in the green zone. Any movement above or below the zero level of the indicator has always being noticed by the investors as it makes them compare the stock’s average measure in short-term with that in the long-term. An MACD evaluation of more than zero means that stock has a stronger short-term average than long-term average, which implies that stock’s price is likely to climb up. But an MACD below zero indicates weaker short-term average compare to the long-term average.

Loop Capital lifted its recommendation for BIG stock from Hold to Buy in a review note dated June 29. The stock gets a Neutral recommendation from analysts at Goldman who started covering the stock with a target price of $25 in their May 18 note to investors.Telsey Advisory Groupanalysts upgraded their recommendation from Market Perform to Outperform on May 04, while assigning a price target of $31.

The average rating of 2.78 for BIG is placing the stock in bullish category at the moment. In a poll by Reuters including 9 analysts in it who kept tracking the Big Lots, Inc., 5 rated the stock as hold. Others were in different opinions for the BIG. Out of remaining 4 analysts, 3 rated the stock as a buy or strong buy. 1 were in favor of a sell rating for the stock while advising investors to shun the stock if they already have any or otherwise not to buy it.

A quick look at other side of the picture shows that BIG stock is ahead of earnings per share estimates with a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 11.17. Stock’s current price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 7.9 is in front of industry’s average P/S ratio of 28.2. A comparison of Big Lots, Inc.’s trailing 12-months P/E ratio of 2.5 implies that it is trading above the industry’s average P/E ratio, which currently is 6.3.

Projection by Zacks Consensus Estimates suggests that Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) will see its current-quarter revenues rise by nearly 11.88% to be increased to about $1610 million. Full-year revenue of the company is however forecasted to be increased by nearly 11.65% to bring $5940 million in revenues against last year revenue of $5320 million. Earnings, after adjustments, are likely to surge by 409.43% to post an EPS of $2.7, while estimate for company’s full year earnings is $6.46 per share with a growth rate of 76.02%.

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